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Exploding Music Box

Hello Crafters

Well here is the exploding box I promised to share with you. This was purely a make that I had in my head and wanted to get the idea out, as it was getting in the way of future creations ūüôā

The finished box is around 12 cm sq, so not as tall as my usual boxes, but hopefully just as good. It’s a bit different as I love these Visible Image Music stamps. I did purchase the Tonic Studios Rococo Guitar die for this project, but due to the size, it ended up as a brilliant topper!

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So here goes, there is quite a bit used in this little box but all worth it!



  • Papermill -300 gsm White Card
  • Range – 235 gsm Silver Mirra Card
  • Patterned card for guitar from stash.
  • Clear acetate


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  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Sing – Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet, Broken China
    • Rock Out – Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple
    • Jazz It Up – Squeezed Lemonade, Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
    • Play It Loud – Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord
    • Outer – Pumice Stone
    • Wall – Fired Brick
    • Floor –¬†Walnut Stain
  • Memento:
    • Guitar – Love letter, Tuxedo Black
  • Kaleiacolor:
    • Sing – Berry Blaze
    • Jazz – Riviera
    • Trumpet – Spectrum
    • Outer¬†– Spectrum

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  • Versafine:
    • Characters – Onyx Black, Majestic Blue
  • Embossing Folder

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  1. To make the box
    1. You can follow the guide from here but use 6 pieces of card:
    2. 4 for the sides – 14 cm x 14 cm (5.5″ x 5.5″), score at 2 cm (0.79″) and cut corner of each side of the tab to fit all four tabs on bottom when glued.
    3. 2 for the bottom – 12 cm x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″) to strengthen and cover the tabs glued on the bottom.
  2. To make the lid:
    1. cut 1 no 18.2 cm x 18.2 cm (7.2″ x 7.2″) (Please measure the inches to be accurate to fit the box, as these conversations are rounded).
    2. Score at 3 cm (1.2″) each side and notch out the flaps. Glue flaps to form lid.
    3. Cut 1 no white card 12 cm x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″), and emboss with brick folder, and distress with pumice stone ink.
    4. Cut 1 no 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) silver mirra card and mount white emboss card. Mount this onto the lid.
    5. Cut 4 no pieces of mirra card 11.5 cm x 2.5 cm (4.5″ x 0.98″).
    6. Cut 4 no pieces white card 11 cm x 2 cm (4.3″ x 0.79″) and emboss with brick folder. Mount onto silver mirra strip. Mount onto box lid sides.
    7. Cut out 2 no guitar pieces, 1 in silver mirra card, the other in patterned card of choice. Push out a few elements to mix n match to contrast guitar sections.
    8. Cut 1 guitar die cut from double sided adhesive, peel one side and stick onto the back of silver guitar. Mount the patterned pieces into the empty sections with the patterned card. Next peel and stick the patterned card onto the back and fill with the remaining pieces. Mount this onto the lid with 2 no very small clear acetate tabs across the center.
    9. Cut with silver mirra card the Happy Birthday sentiment and glue to lid.
  3. Decorating the box:
  4. Cut 9 no 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) Silver Mirra card.
  5. Cut 9¬†no 11 cm x 11 cm (4.3″ x 4.3″) White Card. These will be the panels that you work on to form the backgrounds. Colour and decorate as desired.
  6. Using 1 of the white panels, stamp with the hardwood floor using walnut stain ink and mount onto one of the silver mirra cards. Cut in half diagonally.
  7. Stamp in onyx black Versafine ink and fussy cut all five characters from Visible Image stamps, stamp the drummer again in Majestic Blue Versafine and fussy cut.
  8. Stamp on white card using Kaleidacolor ink the sentiments with each character and cut out using desired die. Decorate as desired.
  9. Cut a piece of white card 17.2 cm x 13 cm (6.8″ x 5.1″) and stamp the brick wall with fired brick distress ink, both sides, leaving 1 cm white space at the bottom. Cut out section in center. Score across the white area at the bottom and cut in two equal places, Exploding Box Wall Guide.
  10. Die cut 2 no party music in silver mirra card and glue to brick wall.
  11. Attach mount tabs to the box floor. Attach the diagonal sections of floor tight against the wall with 3mm sticky pads. This will be the wall support.
  12. Attach both drummers, one either side of the wall with clear acetate small tabs and glue.
  13. Mount decorated panels onto the silver mirra card and then mount onto each side as desired.

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There we are, one Exploding Music Box. Quite a bit of work, but one of a kind.

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This box is now looking for a home, so I hope I can find it a good one!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Kim x

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A Date To Keep

Desk Calendar 2016 (2)

Hello Crafters

I thought I would share with you a couple of projects I made for the family. Very simple but a nice gift. I saw something similar in a magazine, and that is what gave me the idea.

It is a little calendar with a sticky note attached and a saying by patience strong. I made these for my sister-in-laws, but I think they are a nice gift for anyone. I made sure that the base size would fit into an A5 envelope so they would be easy to post, and I tried to keep the embellishments soft, so they wouldn’t be too bulky.

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I purchased a sticky pad that wasn’t too big and then measured 10 cm either side and 19 cm long. Simply choose some pretty card plain and decorative, and matt and layer. I added a sentiment from a disc I had bought from Joanna Sheen called Patience Strong Volume 1. This is no longer available there but you can get it from Amazon. There are lots of other CD’s that you could use.

It is a great way to be able to use up scraps too if you wanted to make a smaller version, by using the small cube type sticky pads.

Well I hope you have an inspiring day. I am off to make an exploding box, a theme which I haven’t done before, and I will be sharing that with you next time. Wonder if you will guess the theme for this one?

Happy Crafting


Kim x

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Distress Ink Holders Update

Hello Crafters

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Just a quick update. Do you remember last year when I wrote about decorating the Distress Ink Holder? If not here’s the link Distress Ink Holder…

 Well finally I have finished with the new additional ink holder. That was very naughty of Tim to bring out new colours just as I thought I had cracked it! Anyhow I have now decorated the additional unit similar to the first one, just by using the 12 new distress inks, stamps and Mod Podge Matt Finish.

I am really pleased with the outcome too!

What have you been decorating lately?


Kim x